Will Every Artist Headlining Coachella 2020 Perform at the October Dates?

As one of the largest music festivals in the world, Coachella has since been impacted by the surge of coronavirus cases in California. Earlier this year, the event postponed their April 2020 dates, pushing the two weekends back until October. Here’s what we know about the lineup for these new Coachella dates

Singer Lana Del Rey performs during the 2014 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival
Singer Lana Del Rey performs during the 2014 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival | C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Coachella 2020 has been postponed until October

This new decade brings plenty of live events for music lovers across the globe. However, due to the surge of coronavirus cases, some festivals and concerts are exercising caution. That includes the 2020 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which takes place each year in Indio, California. 

Although it was originally slated for April, the festival has been pushed back until October 2020. This will be the first time Coachella takes place during the fall, with hopes of keeping attendees (and performers) safe during the global pandemic. 

“At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns,” Coachella shared on their website. “While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff, and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

Festival goers at Coachella Music and Arts Festival
Festival goers at Coachella Music and Arts Festival | Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella

Not every artist confirmed they will return to the festival

The lineup for these new dates has not been confirmed by Coachella, although Festickets states “the Coachella 2020 lineup will remain largely intact for the new October dates with only a few changes.” Some artists have since come forward, sharing if they can perform during October, including composer Danny Elfman

The original lineup for Coachella 2020 included Charli XCX, Rex Orange County, Megan Thee Stallion, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, and Calvin Haris. The headliners for April were Rage Against the Machine, Travis Scott, and Frank Ocean on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday respectively. Some attendees anticipate minor changes to the lineup, though the headliners will, presumably, remain the same. 

When will Coachella 2020 take place?

As of March 2020, the new dates for Coachella are October 9, 10, and 11 and October 16, 17, and 18, 2020. All tickets purchased for the April 2020 dates will be honored during the fall festival. Presumably, more information regarding Coachella’s October dates, and the performers at said event, will be announced in the coming months. 

This is not the first live event impacted by the coronavirus surge in the United States and abroad. Groups like Pearl Jam and The 1975 postponed their North America tour. The K-pop group, BTS, canceled their South Korean tour dates altogether. 

The 2020 South by Southwest music festival canceled its live events ahead of Coachella, due to the large crowds, as did Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. Some fans expect an announcement from New York’s Governors Ball Music Festival, which will take place during June 2020.

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